The fifth Regional Tuna Industry and Trade Conference, which will be held on September 22 and 23 this year, will be co-hosted by Fiji and Papua New Guinea who are the two main financial contributors to the event.
Aside from NFA and Fijian Government who will contribute 50 per cent each, it is hoped that enough sponsors can be secured to host the tuna forum, which will cost roughly around K1 million (US$373,704).
NFA executive manager Welete Wararu, who is in charge of the program for the Pacific Tuna Forum, said that there are four categories and the response for sponsorship have been good so far. He have the platinum which is an investment of K40, 000 (US$14,941).
“We have the gold sponsorship investment of K20, 000 (US$7,470) and we have silver K15, 000 (US$5,602) and bronze K10, 000 (US$3,735) and the support sponsors of K5, 000 (US$1,867),” Wararu said.
A fee of K1, 500 (US$560) will be charged for those who have an interest in the tuna industry and want to participate in the forum.
NFA managing director John Kasu added also that they have the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) amongst others who will be assisting in the programme.